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Suns' Reyes tests positive

April 19, 2006

Hagerstown Suns starting pitcher Jorge Reyes was suspended for 50 games Tuesday for violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Reyes because the second Suns pitcher in as many weeks to test positive and be penalized for "use of a performance enhancing substance" by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. The suspension begins immediately.

The Suns and the Mets organization lost relief pitcher Waner Mateo for a similar infraction April 17 as one of four players who tested positive.

Reyes is one of five minor league players who were suspended in the latest sweep by baseball's front office.

Reyes, 21, had started two games for the Suns with a 0-0 record and a 2.70 ERA in 11 innings.

Reyes' spot on the roster was taken by Anthony Manuel, a second baseman. Manuel was a 45th-round pick in the 2005 draft.

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On Sunday, the Suns received reliever Marcelo Perez as a replacement for infielder Jonathan Schemmel, who was placed on the disabled list.

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